• Solicitors Scamming Locals: Know the Rules

    On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Pacific Grove Police Officers were dispatched to a complaint of solicitors. The reporting party had spoken with a male who claimed to be working on behalf of “Carepackagecampaign.org” and requested donations for service members who are deployed. The reporting party researched the company name and found reports and warnings that the campaign is fraudulent.

    The Pacific Police Department asks that all citizens be cautious when dealing with solicitors and request to see their permits. All persons soliciting within the city limits on behalf of any company must request and receive a permit. Those that have received permits may only conduct business between the hours of sunrise to sunset.

    The following are some Pacific Grove Municipal Codes regarding solicitors:

    11.12.020 License – Required: It is unlawful for any solicitor or peddler to engage in business within the city without first obtaining a license in compliance with the provision of this chapter.

    11.12.090 License – Exhibition: Every person required to be licensed under the provisions of this chapter shall exhibit his or her license when requested to do so by any prospective customer or police department employee.

    11.12.100 Entry upon signed premises unlawful: It is unlawful for any person, while conducting the business of solicitor or peddler, whether licensed or unlicensed to enter upon any residential premises in the city where the owner, occupant or person legally in charge of the premises has posted, at the entry to the premises, or at the entry to the principal business on said premises, a non-illuminated flat sign of not more than one square foot bearing the words “No Solicitors” or words of similar import.

    11.12.110 Hours of solicitation: It is unlawful for any person, while conducting he business of solicitor or peddler, whether licensed or unlicensed, to enter upon any residential premises between sunset and sunrise.

    Please contact the police about any suspicious activity that you become aware of.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 15, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log

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